Careers in the Licensed Professions

Certfied Interior Designer

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Certified interior designers plan, design, supervise, and consult on interior spaces. This includes non-structural elements such as interior layouts, furnishings and fixtures, and cabinetry, lighting and finishes. These professionals also incorporate construction, fire, safety and accessibility standards into their work. Examples of services:

  • schematic design and development
  • space planning and complete design specifications
  • project monitoring and post-occupancy review


“Units of credit” toward an interior design license are based on the type of education and experience you have. You will need 7 credits of combined education and experience for licensure. Your experience requirement will depend on the units granted for your education; at least 2 years of interior design work experience will be required. Visit the Office of the Professions for a listing of all options and requirements.


All three sections of the Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ) Examination





Salary and Projected Growth

  • Median salary: $53,370 in the U.S., $63,850 in NY
  • Salary range: $42,000-$80,920
  • Projected growth: average

Where Could I Work?

  • Architecture and Design firms – residential, commercial, and institutional
  • Retail stores
  • Self-employed

Your Interests and Abilities

  • Technical drawing
  • Art and design
  • Analysis

Professional Skills

  • Attention to detail
  • Initiative
  • Adaptability
  • Communication
  • Creativity

What Interests You?

Match your interests and personality to career options! Explore a free career tool at

Tip: try searching for mentoring programs—talk to an interior designer about what they do and how they got started!

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Last Updated: January 13, 2020